By Sandra Chukwunyere

Deputy Comptroller Abdullahu Kirawa is fighting a war with smugglers. It is really a good war, it is a war for the warfare of the Nigerian masses and a war for the sole of our economic as well as a war for the survival of our dear country.

For this single reason and based on his sheer determination to wage this unholy war, only the mention of the name K I R A W A  sends fears into the marrows of smugglers and their agents.

Kirawa is the National Coordinator CGC’s Strike Force Team. He is a trained intelligent officer as well as an anti-smuggling wizard and a committed officer of a high repute.

This war he is fighting is not against any other person nor against his fellow officers nor to another nation but he is waging war against the menace of economic robbers, a total war against smugglers and economic sabotouers and equally against  duty and tax invaders and those stealing monies  accruing to the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as other dubious elements in our society.

The National Coordinator of the CGC’s strike force as we are talking, is known for his no-nonsense stands against smuggling, false declaration and anything that has to do with smuggling. He has proved this to Nigerians in different ways and at different times through the ways and manners he and his team go about this anti-smuggling drive and the ways they are waging this war against these duty invaders otherwise called smugglers.

In the last month of December alone, the strike force zone A comprising all areas within Western commands of service headed by Assistant Comptroller (AC), Shuab S.A did not rest within the Christmas period as they were chasing smugglers around the creeks and highways.

Within the same period of Christmas celebration, the team seized contrabands, and prohibited and concealed items of various kinds across the the federation.

In Benin,Calabar, Ogun State, and Imoke in Kwara State where the team had made earlier seizures. 
However, in late December 31,20I8, they also made various seizures ranging from 8,090 bags of parboiled foreign rice with a DPV of N113,260,000 to vegetable oil, second hand clothing, fireworks etc

The rice was concealed in haulage trucks meant for carrying Cement and Bear products.

Beside the 8, 090 bags of 50kg parboiled foreign rice with DPV of N130,260 000 other items include 404 pieces of used tyres valued at N2,020,000 in a 40ft container disguised as pharmaceutical products. Others were the 1,200 cartons of Herogra 209, (a drug said to be in the family of Tramadol) and also a sex enhancing drug, coming without NAFDAC certification. It has a DPV of N360,000,000.

Kirawa boys equally seized a truck carrying Dynamites but claimed to be carrying factory machineries.
On those who imported the fireworks, DC Kiraws did not present the End Users Certificate (EUC) usually from the office of National Security Adviser (NSA).

There were also kegs of Vegetable oil and 22 bales of second hand clothing with a DPV of N22,950,000 which are currently at the government warehouse Ikeja.

The national coordinator while speaking with the newsmen as he was displaying the seized items at Ikeja, Lagos, appealed to the smugglers to to desist from such nefarious business and rather channel such efforts and resources to farming as almost all the states of the federation has farmlands, where rice can be grown.  

He (Kirawa) as well commended the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali and his visionary management team for their good works, while also thanking the CGC for given them the needed support and encouragement as the headquarters is providing them with the necessary logistics that is helping them in discharge of their duties.

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